Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: Jersey Angel









Title:
Jersey Angel
Author: Beth Ann Bauman
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: May 8,2012
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Rating: 3 Cows







Goodreads Description:


It’s the summer before senior year and the alluring Angel is ready to have fun. She’s not like her best friend, Inggy, who has a steady boyfriend, good grades, and college plans. Angel isn’t sure what she wants to do yet, but she has confidence and experience beyond her years. Still, her summer doesn’t start out as planned. Her good friend Joey doesn’t want to fool around anymore, he wants to be her boyfriend, while Angel doesn’t want to be tied down. As Joey pulls away, and Inggy tours colleges, Angel finds herself spending more time with Inggy’s boyfriend, Cork. With its cast of vivid and memorable characters, this tale from the Jersey shore is sure to make some waves.




I was really excited when I got the opportunity to read and review Jersey Angel. I was in the mood for a contemporary book and Jersey Angel sounded like the perfect match for my reading desires. While I did enjoy Jersey Angel, I didn't like it as much as I had hoped.

I read Jersey Angel during the middle of the winter storm that was plaguing the south. I hoped that a summer romance would heat up the winter chill I was becoming accustomed too. Jersey Angel was entertaining and I felt the Jersey shore backdrop did knock the chill out just a bit. Still, I felt there was something missing from this book. 

I really wanted to love Angel. I hate the double standard when it comes to men and women and sex. I thought Angel would be a strong girl that I could connect with. I hoped that the uniqueness of her character would make an interesting story. However, I found it hard to like Angel and it didn't have as much to do with the fact of her sleeping around as much as it did who she was sleeping around with. As I said before, I hate the double standard but what I also hate is girls that screw over their best friend. I really didn't understand why Angel would do that to her best friend. If she wanted to sleep around, fine, but couldn't she have at least found someone else to sleep around with? Surely there are other willing guys in town. 

The other problem I had with the book was that there wasn't much of a plot. I thought there would be. I thought I knew where the story was headed but I was shocked by how things turned out. Not because there is this killer plot twist but because of the lack of one. Nothing really happens. Well, I guess something happens but not enough happens. There are no consequences. There are no real regrets. And honestly, I wonder if Angel grew any as a character. 

Jersey Angel is a short, quick read. I do think that some readers would really enjoy this book but it just wasn't for me. If you are looking for a light read to take to the beach this book may be for you.






Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (41)






Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.








Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: June 17, 2014










Goodreads Description:

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.



Why I'm Waiting: This series is one of my all time favorites and I can't wait to see how it ends! This is probably my MOST anticipated book of 2014!!


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: The Promise of Amazing








Title: The Promise of Amazing
AuthorRobin Constantine
Pages371
Format: ARC
Release DateDecember 31, 2013
PublisherBalzer & Bray
Rating: 3.5-4 Cows








 Goodreads Desciption:

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.




I must admit that I have seen several bad reviews forTHE PROMISE OF AMAZING. However, I must say that I rather liked it. It wasn’t spectacular or anything but I did enjoy and thought it was quite cute.

First things, first, I should point that I have soft spot in my heart for bad boys named Grayson because, well, that’s my son’s name and at five he definitely has some bad moments. So Grayson Barrett caught a break from me right out the gate. Names aside, Grayson did win me over. Being able to see things from his point of view, I was able to see that Grayson’s feelings for Wren were true and he was trying to be better. (However, he still made some major mistakes but that’s all teenage guys, right?)

really liked Wren and thought she was rather adorable. The excuses she came up with to be alone with Grayson were hilarious. I enjoyed seeing her grow and change and finally find herself. I feel like both Wren and Grayson were lost and trying to find their place in the world and the differences in their personalities helped them to help each other.

I know a lot of people complained about instalove in this book but honestly it didn’t bother me. I’m okay with it as long as I can see the connection and I could for Wren and Grayson. And seriously, we are talking about teenagers here. There are going to be times when instalove happens because isn’t that how teenagers are? I know my sister loved every guy she ever dated and he was just the sweetest guy in the world until…he wasn’t anymore. The point I’m trying to make is that I think people get carried away dissinginstalove when it’s something that does happen, especially with teenagers.

Overall, I thought THE PROMISE OF AMAZING was a good book. It didn’t completely blow me away but I think for a debut writer Robin Constantine has a lot of potential and I am definitely looking forward to more books by her in the future.



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Movie Review: Vampire Academy

 Why I Didn't Love it but You Should See it Anyway

 
 



The Vampire Academy series is one of my all time favorites so I was thrilled when I found out they were making a movie! However, when I saw the previews my heart sank. Had the producers even read the book? I honestly didn't see how the books I had loved equaled the train wreck I witnessed during the trailer. Of course, I couldn't not see it so opening weekend I dragged my mom with me. While I didn't love it, I did like it much more than I thought I would based on the previews and I think my mom enjoyed it way more than she thought she would. 

The movie wasn't bad by any means but there were a few things that I thought could have been done better. The first being the casting of Dimitri. I'm sorry but I did not find Danila Kozlovsky attractive in the least. And those baggy sweatpants would be hard for anyone to look good in. I don't like men in sweatpants period.

The second I felt that the fangs looked too much like a bad horror movie. I realize that's it's hard to make fangs look realistic because they aren't real but it just seemed weird.

The thing I think the casting team did nail was the casting of Zoey Deutch as Rose. She was excellent. She just looked like she could kick some butt and she was funny with her wit and sarcasm.

I really liked the action and the movie as a whole. I felt the plot of the movie was very similar to the books but I felt that someone that hadn't read the books might feel a little overwhelmed with everything. There was a lot going on.

So there's my thoughts about the movie. Now, why should you see it even though I didn't love it? Well, that's easy. There are two very good reasons for that.

1. If you are reading this then you are obviously a fan of YA books in some way, shape, or form.  And if you are a fan of YA books you need to support YA movies! I try to see all of the YA movie adaptations even if I didn't love the book or haven't read the book because I love YA books and want more of my favorite books turned into movies. Every time a book is adapted into a movie and it doesn't do well, my heart breaks a little. I want all of them to succeed. I want everyone to know that there is value in YA books and value in making them into movies.

2. This reason is more superficial but in my opinion it may even be more of a reason than the first. That reason is Adrian. If they don't make any more Vampire Academy movies then that means that I don't get to see Adrian on the big screen and that is simply not an option! I need to see Adrian! Even if the guy that cast can't live up to the mental image I have (but really there's no way that they can) I still want, NEED to see him. So please, I beg you...go see Vampire Academy this weekend and if you have already seen it, go see it again!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (47)



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the  Broke and the Bookish!




I love being a reader because...

1. It allows me to visit places that I wouldn't be able to outside the pages of a book.

2. It allows me to escape. I get to visit someone else's world, deal with someone else's problems.

3. It allows me be the hero. When reading, I feel like I can save the world. That's what's so fun about reading in first person to me. You can be the main character in the story!

4. I learn things! I love, love, love learning and reading teaches me new things! Whether it's something about myself, new words, or history, I learn something from every book.

5. It relaxes me! There's nothing better than coming home after a long day at work and sitting down and reading a good book!

I love being a blogger because...

6. It allows me to share my love of books with people that actually care about them too.

7. I get to interact with amazing authors! I still go crazy when I get to interview an author that I read one or more of their books and loved it/them. 

8. I get to interact with awesome bookish blogger people!

9. I get to help promote and hopefully sell at least one more copy of a book I love! It's awesome to me that I have the opportunity to help an author that I love sell more copies of their books! 

10. I get to learn about new books. Since becoming a blogger I get to find out about even more books and I discover a lot of amazing books that I might not have otherwise!




Cover Reveal: A Soul's Kiss

Coming March 15, 2014 from Creative Prose Publishing
the newest novel from international author Debra Chapoton:


When a tragic accident leaves Jessica comatose, her spirit  escapes her body. Navigating a supernatural realm is tough, but being half dead has its advantages.
      
Like getting into people’s thoughts.

Like taking over someone’s body.

Like experiencing romance on a whole new plane - literally.

Jessica learns an amazing truth as she struggles to return to her body before the doctors pull the plug, only she can’t do it alone. Now the only two people willing to help Jessica’s splintered soul are the two she’s hurt the most. They must find a way to guide her soul back to her body ... before it’s too late.

Sign up for the new release newsletter to be informed of the release of Debra's book at Creative Prose Publishing. You can find CPP at their blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Interested in reviewing the book? Email CPP at admin@creativeprosepublishing.com with a link to your blog or site to receive a PDF for review.

Debra Chapoton is an internationally published author who holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English. She resides at Big Pine Lodge with her husband, Paul, where she enjoys the company of friends and family. Find Debra at her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Audio Review: Code Name Verity




Title: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Pages: 447
Format: Audio
Release Date: February 6, 2012
Publisher: Egmont Press
Rating: 5 Cows




Goodreads Description:

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.



Code Name Verity is a rare gem in YA literature. It's a historical fiction novel that is beautifully written, incredibly moving, and insanely good. This combination is near impossible to find so when you do find it, it makes it that much more treasured.  I will forever treasure Code Name Verity.

I've never read a lot of historical fiction which is somewhat odd seeing as history is probably my second favorite subject behind English/Literature, of course. Code Name Verity was my first real taste of historical fiction and I must say that all historical fiction is this good, I'll be buying every historical fiction novel I can. Well, at least every YA historical fiction. 

The characters were wonderful. I grew attached to every one of them. I'm still unsure on how I feel about several of the "bad" guys. With the narrator's account of the story, I felt a lot of the lines were blurred when it came to villians of the book. Of course, we know with WWII there were real, true villians but this book makes you question whether all of the bad guys truly believed in what they were doing or if they were doing it simply out of fear. In the end, the reason for it doesn't truly matter. There crimes are inexcusable but Code Name Verity allows readers to question the villian's motives.

The narrator tells you from the beginning that things aren't going to end well for her in the beginning. Yet, how the things end for her still managed to surprise me. Looking back, I can see the foreshadowing but I was shocked as I first read it. Also, I should point out that this book is told from two different narrators and I'm referring to the first. 

The audio edition of Code Name Verity was excellently done. I loved the accents! It has me wanting to go to Scotland! :) Both of the narrators capture the tone of the novel perfectly.

Code Name Verity is an excellent portrayal of how harash and cruel war is. It will have readers asking the age old question, "Is all fair in love and war?" After reading Code Name Verity, my answer will be a pure, resounding no.  


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cover Reveal: Anomaly


Today Tonya Kuper and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for ANOMALY, releasing in 
November 4, 2014!
Check out the awesome cover and enter to win an eARC!


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About the Book 
Title: ANOMALY (Schrodinger's
Consortium #1)
Author: Tonya Kuper
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: November 4, 2014
Pages: 400
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

What if the world isn't what we think?
What if reality is only an illusion?
What if you were one of the few who could control it?
Yeah, Josie Harper didn't believe it, either, until strange things started happening. And when this hot guy tried to kidnap her, shouting about ultimate observers and pushing and consortiums hell-bent on controlling the world… Well, that's when things got real. Now Josie's got it bad for a boy who weakens her every time he's near and a world of enemies on her tail who want to control her gift, so yeah, she's going to need more than just her wits if she hopes to survive much longer.


Einstein never saw this coming...





About Tonya:
YA scifi author of ANOMALY,
out 11/14, Entangled Teen. Represented by Nicole Resciniti. Contributor at
yastands.blogspot.com & allthewritenotes.com. Music freak. Chocolate
addict.







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Monday, February 10, 2014

Cover Reveal: Get Even


Welcome to the the Official Cover Reveal for Gretchen McNeil's 
GET EVEN (Get Even #1)



Release Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: Balzer+Bray

SYNOPSIS: 
Follows the secretive exploits of four high school juniors - Kitty, Olivia, Margot and Bree - at an exclusive Catholic prep school.

To all outward appearances, the girls barely know each other. At best, they don't move in the same social circles; at worst, they're overtly hostile.

Margot Mejia – academically ranked number two in her class, Margot is a focused overachiever bound for the Ivy League.

Kitty Li – captain of the California state and national champion varsity girls' volleyball team, she's been recruited by a dozen colleges and has dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal.

Olivia Hayes – popular star of the drama program, she's been voted "most eligible bachelorette" two years running in the high school yearbook and has an almost lethal combination of beauty and charm.

Bree Deringer – outcast, misfit and the kind of girl you don't want to meet in a dark alley, the stop sign red-haired punk is a constant thorn in the side of teachers and school administrators alike.

Different goals, different friends, different lives, but the girls share a secret no one would ever guess. They are members of Don't Get Mad, a society specializing in seeking revenge for fellow students who have been silently victimized by their peers. Each girl has her own reason for joining the group, her own set of demons to assuage by evening the score for someone else. And though school administration is desperate to find out who is behind the DGM "events", the girls have managed to keep their secret well hidden.

That is until one of their targets – a douchebag senior who took advantage of a drunk underclassman during a house party, videotaped it on his phone, and posted it on YouTube – turns up dead, and DGM is implicated in the murder.

Now the girls don't know who to trust, and as their tenuous alliance begins to crumble, the secrets they've hidden for so long might be their ultimate undoing.

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16005219-get-even?from_search=true
Pre-Order Links Will be available in the coming months, keep an eye on your favorite retailer for more information!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. She is a founding member of vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as "Monday," and she is an active member of both The Enchanted Inkpot, a group blog of YA and middle grade fantasy writers, and The Apocalypsies, a group blog of 2012 children's debut authors.

You can find Gretchen on TwitterFacebook, and on her blog.





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Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Lady Thief Blog Tour: 5 Things & Giveaway


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Welcome to my stop on the official blog tour for 
LADY THIEF by A.C. Gaughen.

Today, A. C. Gaughen is here to tell us 5 Random Things about her! 
Also, be sure to check out the ah-mazing giveaway below! 

5 Random Things about A. C. Gaughen


5 Random Things: Come on, get random - tell us 5 random things about you! 

1. I like my bedroom to be messy so it feels like a nest but I hate the rest of the apartment being messy. 
2. I don’t like sneakers.
3. When I’m driving, I tap my finger on my steering wheel or my leg along with the breaks in the painted lines. 
4. I tend to stick my tongue out when I’m trying very hard.
5. Rights and lefts WILL ALWAYS confuse me.

And she was nice enough to get us 3 BONUS Random Things!!

* I really love wearing high heels, but only because it feels so amazing when you take them off. 
* I’m a very sympathetic yawner.  My doctor had a poster about sleep apnea in her office with pictures of people yawning and looking at it made me yawn so frequently during the visit she wanted to run tests.  I don’t have sleep apnea.  Apparently this is also how you know I’m not a sociopath.  FYI. 
* In grade school, I got detention for ripping bark off a tree. 

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Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.
Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.
It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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I am shamelessly addicted to staying up far too late (it feels like stealing time), diet coke (it burns so good), Scotland (stupid country stole my heart and won’t give it back. Interpol has been ineffective for prosecution) and thieves (so I guess I’m not that mad at Scotland).



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